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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2023, 5(1); doi: 10.25236/FSST.2023.050103.

Transitivity Analysis of Faust’s Speech from the Perspective of Systemic Functional Grammar


Ma Xiaoqing

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Ma Xiaoqing

Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Tianjin, 300222, China


Drew Gilpin Faust, who as the first female president of Harvard, her appointment and her thought of running a school exert a vital part for Harvard. Her speeches attracts people’s attention as well as touch people’s hearts so that this research is a transitivity analysis of her freshman convocation address to the class of 2021, in which her speech can reveal relationships between language and meaning, for researchers being conducive to better understand the meaning conveyed by her speeches. Guided by Halliday’s Systemic-Functional Grammar, this paper is apt to explore how transitivity is realized in Faust’s speech, as well as to reveal the deep meaning of her speech. Faust can better grasp transitivity in speech, so as to achieve her purpose and meaning of speech, that is, significance of education to enable to graduates to recognize when someone is talking rot.


systemic functional grammar, transitivity, freshman convocation address, process

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Ma Xiaoqing. Transitivity Analysis of Faust’s Speech from the Perspective of Systemic Functional Grammar. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 1: 15-20. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.2023.050103.


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